skeleton


skeleton
I.
/ˈskɛlətn / (say 'skeluhtn)

noun
1. the bones of a human or other animal body considered together, or assembled or fitted together as a framework; the bony or cartilaginous framework of a vertebrate animal.
2. Colloquial a very lean person or animal.
3. a supporting framework, as of a leaf, building, or ship.
4. mere lifeless, dry, or meagre remains.
5. an outline, as of a literary work; basic essentials.
adjective
6. of or relating to a skeleton.
7. like a skeleton or mere framework.
8. reduced to the essential minimum: skeleton staff.
phrase
9. skeleton in the cupboard (or closet), some shameful or embarrassing fact in the history or lives of a family which is kept secret.
{New Latin, from Greek, neuter of skeletos dried up}
II.
/ˈskɛlətn / (say 'skeluhtn)

noun
a winter sport in which the participant lies prone on a steel sled with two runners, and slides down an icy track using subtle movements of the body to change direction.
{from the imagined resemblance of the sled to a skeleton1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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